Canada’s women’s soccer aims third continuous Olympic medal

The national team managed to capture the bronze medal at London 2012, and Rio 2016 under the guidance of Christine Sinclair.

But the question is can Canada’s women’s soccer change the color of these medals at this Olympic?

Canadian women’s soccer which is led by Christine Sinclair wants to gain the third place and if they manage to do this, it would be a unique achievement. But Bev Priestman, who is their newly installed couch, wants them to go higher. She said Canada was the team that should be on that podium. She believed that they needed to change the color of their medals. She said to go forward, the team needed to target higher than that.

Let’s take a look at some information about the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

What do we know about the tournament?

They have divided the 12-nation field into three round-robin groups. The first round will be started on July 21 and ends on July 27. The three groups are mentioned here:

Group E consists of Japan, Canada, Chile, and Great Britain.

Group F consists of China, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Zambia.

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Group G consists of Sweden, United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

The procedure is like this: The top two teams in each group and two best third-placed sides will be qualified for the quarter-finals, the Quarterfinals start on July 30.

Canada’s women's soccer aims third continuous Olympic medal

Canada’s roster

18 players out of 22 players will dress for the games.

Stephanie Labbé, Kailen Sheridan, and Erin McLeod are the goalkeepers.

Gabrielle Carle, Vanessa Gilles, Shelina Zadorsky, Ashley Lawrence, Allysha Chapman, Jayde Riviere, and Kadeisha Buchanan are the defenders.

Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso, Quinn, Desiree Scott, and Sophie Schmidt are the Midfielders.

Adriana Leon, Janine Beckie, Nichelle Prince, Christine Sinclair, Deanne Rose, Jordyn Huitema, and Evelyne Viens are the Forwards.

There would be one great absence on Canada’s roster. Veteran midfielder Diana Matheson who is 37 years old, stated that she is retired because of injury problems in the past few years.

Degree of difficulty of Canada’s group

Canada which is the 8th team in the current FIFA world ranking will open play at the Tokyo Games on July 21 in a match against Japan which is the 10th team in the rankings. Also, on July 24, Canada will compete with Chile which is the 37th team in the rankings.

Their match against Great Britain will possibly determine Canada’s place in its path to the medal podium.

The tournament favorites

Because Germany and France haven’t been qualified for the Olympics, the United States which is No.1 is now The tournament’s favorite. They are hoping to take World Cup and the gold medals to become the first team in history standing in that place.

Ranked No. 4, the Netherlands that won the European Championship had come so far over the last decade and they became qualified for the World Cup for the first time at the 2015 tournament in Canada. In this Olympics, they are trying to mark their Olympic debut. Also, Sweden ranked No.5 and Brazil ranked No. 7 are looking forward to winning the gold medal and Olympic medal .

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Top players to watch

The reigning FIFA women’s player of the year is the English defender Lucy Bronze. The legend of the game is Brazil’s Marta Vieira da Silva. She gained the title of FIFA women’s player of the year six times. This is her last chance to win an Olympic medal.

A goal-scoring machine is a title that belongs to Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema. She is the top scorer in her country. An exquisite two-way midfielder is Rose Lavelle from the United States.

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